Map Gallery Guidelines

The Mapping Gallery exhibit are is reserved for professional and transportation agency projects and work. It is not intended to be a venue for private industry promotion.

General Guidelines

  • No vendor or product advertisements.
  • All submitted maps and web mapping applications must contain a list of products used to produce it and contact information. This information list will be displayed with the map and on the web mapping display.

Digital Map Guidelines

  • Provide a Adobe PDF image for uploading to the GIS-T website.
  • The image cannot exceed 5 MB
  • Do not submit the same map for different categories – please choose the best fit.
  • Agencies may submit a variety of digital maps in appropriate categories.
  • All applicants will pre-record their presentation and will be able to answer questions during the Mapping Gallery session which is held on Tuesday (4/20), Wednesday (4/21) and Thursday (4/22) afternoon between 1:00-1:30pm.  Details on which session to present at will come after registering.
  • All map submitters are asked to submit in advance an image (in Adobe PDF) of the map to the conference.  The date to submit your map(s) no later than Wednesday March 31, 2021 to:  Patrick Whiteford – pwhiteford@azdot.gov

 

Web Mapping Applications

  • All submitters must supply 5 – 7 slides that will demonstrate the functionality of their application.
  • All applicants will pre-record their presentation and will be able to answer questions during the Mapping Gallery session which is held on Tuesday (4/20), Wednesday (4/21) and Thursday (4/22) afternoon between 1:00-1:30pm. Details on which session to present at will come after registering.
  • Submit a web mapping application link and slides no later than Wednesday March 31, 2021 to Patrick Whiteford (pwhiteford@azdot.gov).

All participants are encouraged to select the judging category (described below) that their map best exemplifies.

Transportation Publication

This category is reserved for “Official” publications by your transportation agency. GIS should be involved in some aspect of the product creation. Typically, these will be professionally printed maps produced in mass quantity. State transportation (travel) maps are a good example of this category. State rail maps, bike maps, and other professional publications dealing with any aspect of transportation also qualify.

Judging Criteria

  • Clarity of presentation
  • Ease of use and comprehension
  • Pleasing use of color and/or contrast
  • Clear labeling and symbology
  • Overall design

Information Usage

This category is for GIS-generated products which are used to convey information; or to synthesize multiple data elements; or to analyze and report results. The variations on how GIS is used to convey information are almost limitless. Items submitted in this category can be single-use, non-production elements or broadly disseminated maps and/or posters. These items are the common work-horses that we all use on a routine basis. Examples might be AADT maps, crash location maps, ride quality index maps, or transit stops. Whatever kind of information your area uses to accomplish its daily work, chances are someone is generating GIS products to help understand it.

Judging Criteria

  • Succinct title or caption
  • Readability of relevant data
  • Value added component
  • Complexity of data
  • Usability of information as presented

Public Presentation

This category is reserved for posters and/or maps that are prepared specifically for public meetings. They may be used as part of a charrette or public information session but they must be intended for an audience. An example of a potential map would be one showing Preferred Alternatives on a project that is brought to public comment sessions.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear delineation of subject matter
  • Potential for interaction
  • Readability
  • Overall quality
  • Demarcation of area under study
  • Scale relative to size

Effective Cartography

Please submit in this category, maps that are especially good at using cartography effectively to convey the map message. This can be as simple as making sure the elements that are essential get proper emphasis or they can be truly creative or complex. This is the category to submit the extremely well-done maps that take extra effort or thought to make it all work together.

Judging Criteria

  • Communication of map theme
  • Placement of essential elements
  • Overall use of space
  • Effective symbols and icons
  • Text placement, font, and size
  • Weighting of map elements

People’s Choice Award

The Symposium attendees will vote for their favorite display during the week and send their vote to Patrick Whiteford at pwhiteford@azdot.gov.  Awards will be announced at the closing session of the conference.

Web Mapping Application Judging Category

Savvy Web Mapping Application Award

Judges will vote for their favorite web mapping application during the web presentations.  Awards will be announced at the closing session of the conference.

Map Gallery Contact

Patrick Whiteford, PWhiteford@azdot.gov